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Archive for October, 2010

Thievery Corporation, Vampire Weekend and Global Photography

There is a long history of regional music styles influencing one another as musicians adopt, assimilate or incorporate distinctive rhythms, instruments or musical phrases into their own music—a sonic melting pot, if you will. This tradition seems, like most trends, to have accelerated in the Internet age with music lovers and musicians being exposed to […]

Does the screen shape your work?

In a recent TED talk, David Byrne discusses the ways that architecture-the nature of the rooms music is performed in-shapes the content of the music. Most traditional european choir music is influenced by the reverberations of the music echoing through the hard walls of a cathedral which shape and enhance the long notes of the […]

Bokode

There have been many, really interesting new applications of photography coming out from research labs in recent months. From Augmented Reality eyeglasses, to body-morphing video software, what we can do creatively with images, and the utility we derive from the information within images is increasing. Here’s another novel way of using a camera to serve […]

The Utility of Images: Revisited

In the previous Utility of Images post, I discussed how smartphones will be used to help guide you through foreign airports. An article in today’s New York Times highlights several companies who are making this type of mobile mapping a reality in malls or airports. It’s exciting to see the novel ways that developers are […]

The Coming Utility of Images

Commonly, we think of photographs and images as artistic tools for communicating ideas and emotion, or to serve as a representational substitute for a physical product (e.g. To show the actual color of a blue sweater in a catalog). In the near future, owing to increased connectivity, image processing algorithms and improved connectivity, I predict […]